The Mummy

ISBN: 0345369947
ISBN 13: 9780345369949
By: Anne Rice

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Ramses the Great has awakened in Edwardian London. Having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied. Although he pursues voluptuous aristocrat Julie Stratford, the woman for whom he desperately longs is Cleopatra. And his intense longing for her, undiminished over the centuries, will force him to commit an act that will place everyone around him in the gravest danger....

Reader's Thoughts

Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)


this book taught me that being immortal is a curse. if being immortal means you could not appreciate things around you because you're so get used to it, i'd rather live for a short time yet living it up.***buku ini mengajarkanku menjadi abadi itu adalah sebuah kutukan. jika hidup selamanya berarti kita tidak bisa lagi menghargai setiap hal di sekitar kita karena terlalu seringnya kita mengalami itu semua, aku lebih memilih hidup singkat namun menjalaninya sepenuh hati.

Delicious Strawberry

At 4.5/5 stars, the Mummy stands out as one of Ms. Rice's best standalone novels, and is even better than some of her Vampire books (the later ones, anyway) The read is entertaining and the characters are fluid. Not everyone might like this book, but the descriptions have the flair Ms. Rice used to have before her novels started to go sour (around Blackwood Farm/Blood Canticle) and I definitely loved reading this book. I would give this book a perfect 5 stars if Ms. Rice had gone through with her message at the end of this book and made a sequel.

Julie Johnson

I picked this up at the library because I hadn't read it in twenty years and i was curious to read it again.That was the wrong thing to do. I read this as a teenager and maybe it had appealed to the romantic in me, but as a 41 year old, this book just started to annoy me! I did love the first part, in Egypt...and all the mystery and tension around the discovery etc.....but when you get to the romance and the part where the mummy is alive and well and living inLondon...well, I just couldn't take it anymore without rolling my eyes.This was al very fresh way back when but the premise of an immortal being and a love affair has been done to death a la Twilight...also, I couldn't get all those cheesy mummy movies with Brendan Fraser out of my head.So sorry, this was a no go for me. I had to put it down and take it back and move onto other books. I gave it two stars out of deference to my teenage self, who loved this book and of course the Vampire Lestat books...but that's really the only reason why.


This is my absolute all time favorite book by Anne Rice! She introduced me to a new kind of mummy that was actually attractive. It's not your typical "Mummy" style story. The intro of Cleopatra really threw me for a loop. Anne Rice's "The Mummy" inspired me to write my own novel. You can feel the characters and see the surroundings so vividly. Her twist on the "Mummy" was a surprising and pleasant shock! I must have read this novel 10 times in the last few years. Recommend it to everyone!


I really like how "The Mummy" started out, and I had high hopes for it. Anne Rice is so good with suspense. The characters seemed full and precise, and I thought the plot was intriguing. However, as soon as the characters disembarked (and you'll know what I'm talking about if you read the book), the story falls on its face. The characters don't follow their established personalities, and the story turns into a circus on a merry-go-round. I've read worse, but I really expected better of this book.

Michael Mallory

First, I'm a middle-aged guy who does not read bodice-rippers as a rule. Perhaps "ever" is a better word. But I happen to love mummy fiction, be it in the form of a movie or a book. That was what prompted me to dive into Anne Rice's "The Mummy," which, prior to "The Da Vinci Code," was the worst book I could not put down. Perhaps anticipating the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies that came along several years later, this Mummy is not a shriveled, bandaged, mute zombie hit man, stumping around and strangling anyone that has p.o.'d some guy in a Fez; he's a reconstituted, perfectly modern-looking, very verbose heartthrob who happens to be secretly a few thousand years old. And therein lies the rub, at least for me: what follows is a post-Edwardian romance novel with some of the most excruciating dialogue on record; Leslie Nielsen should have done the audio book. And yet, I kept turning the pages, in spite of myself. So if you, like me, prefer the likes of a prunefaced beswathed nightmare, dragging his foot behind him as he shambles his way to his next victim, then you may be disappointed in this reincarnation, even though the adventure aspect of the story holds interest. If, however, you're sick of dashing Byronic vampires and want to try a dashing Byronic mummy, who melts the heart of a panting, virginal heroine with a penchant for spouting lines that even Judi Dench couldn't sell, then this is the book for you. "Reader, I buried him!"

Carrie Slager

I’ve read a lot of Anne Rice’s books, but The Mummy is my absolute favourite, no question about it. It has the perfect mix of tragedy, romance, history and emotion that Anne Rice pulls off so well, without any extra flab added to the story. Compared to her other novels, The Mummy is incredibly short, with my version only being 398 pages. Believe me, they read fast!Maybe I’m a bit biased because I’ve always loved ancient Egypt and have been fascinated by Ramses the Great. I’m not necessarily an admirer of him, but he does play a significant role in history and did have an interesting life. Well, Anne Rice brings him to life in The Mummy and he is as charming, well-spoken and lecherous as one would expect. But he also has a soft side, which is what makes it so easy for Julie and readers to fall in love with him. Julie herself has a few too many modern sensibilities for the era, but she is an interesting character because she is so strong. She’s the perfect match for Ramses.Anne Rice showcases exactly what it is that makes people want to devote their entire lives to the study of Egyptology. If you haven’t fallen in love with Egypt by the time you finish The Mummy, you likely never will. I didn’t even catch any glaring historical inaccuracies. Sure, some things were changed around if you believe in the traditional Cleopatra story, but Anne Rice presents a compelling alternative that makes sense in the context of the story. Her vivid descriptions reveal the passion she has for ancient Egypt and that enthusiasm continues throughout the entire novel.Her later Vampire Chronicles works seemed to lack heart, but The Mummy certainly does not. It’s fresh, a fitting retelling of the very old, generally cliché shambling mummy coming back from the grave story. Of course it has fantastical elements, but I don’t think they’ll be overwhelming for people who don’t normally read fantasy. Anne Rice achieved perfect balance in The Mummy and it’s a book I would highly recommend to anyone.Warning: This is an Anne Rice book. Of course there are explicit sex scenes and gore that could be offensive to young or sensitive readers. I would personally not recommend The Mummy for anyone under 14, but everyone matures at different rates. Use your common sense when buying books.I give this book 5/5 stars.


The Mummy: Ramses the Damned - VGAnne Rice - StandaloneRamses the Great has awakened in Edwardian London. Having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied. Although he pursues voluptuous aristocrat Julie Stratford, the woman for whom he desperately longs is Cleopatra. And his intense longing for her, undiminished over the centuries, will force him to commit an act that will place everyone around him in the gravest danger....I have very much enjoyed "Interview with a Vampire," liked "The Vampire Lestat" and really disliked "the Queen of the Damned." Rice is an excellent writer, but I'm just not a big horror fan. "The Mummy," which still being horror, is also a romance, which is what really softened the plot for me. I've enjoyed this the best of her books.

Amy Hutchinson

I loved this book so much! I have read it several times, and I read it again when I traveled to Egypt because part of the book takes place where I would be visiting. Most Anne Rice fans were not thrilled by it because it was so out of character for her. One friend, a Rice enthusiast, said this was her worst book because it was no more than a trashy romance. But that's why I loved it! It is a historical romance that is incredibly well-written. Basically, Rice started writing paranormal romance before it was in style. Highly recommended to any fans of paranormal romance.


Already being an Anne Rice fan I knew I would enjoy this book, but had no idea how much I would. She truly wrote a fascinating story that had me guessing throughout the book wondering what was going to happen. The time setting was fantastic and her descriptions of their surroundings really painted the picture of what was going on as I read the story. Half way through I really thought I had an idea of where things were going then Rice threw in a nice twist completely changing everything I thought was happening. It was not until the very last page that I figured out how it ends. She fortunately she left the book ending in a way that the story could continue, but she has yet to continue this wonderful story. I have read only a few of her stand-alone stories but this so far as been my favorite, placing it there up along most of her vampire stories. I would love to this one played out on the big screen, but better yet, a sequel to see what else lies ahead for Julie Stratford and the others who still have much left in their journey.


I was stuck in a library waiting and had nothing to read. I picked this up thinking 'Ancient Egypt, the undead, how can it be bad?' without looking at the author.After first few pages I checked. Oh dear.I really do not like Anne Rice.It was in reading this book for a few hours stuck in a library and continuing out of an awful sense of self harm that I realised that Anne Rice wants to be immortal. She doesn't care how she manages to do it, she wants to be undead. Not in the horror awful monster way either, as she romanticizes the awesome classic villain archetype. But in a beautiful way. And I'm pretty sure she wants to be a gay man.


I'd found Servant of the Bones in my university library and had enjoyed it greatly, so I thought I'd let Anne Rice entertain me again with a book about one of my greatest interests, Egypt. She didn't.Because of the settings and locations--early 1900s London and Egypt--and the characters--a murdered British archeologist and the main character, his Edwardian daughter--I kept thinking (or hoping) I was reading an Elizabeth Peters novel. But I every time I thought it, I was reminded that it sadly wasn't by the utter badness that was everywhere in this book. There was the badness of the writing, the characterization, the story, and probably other things that I can't even remember anymore. It was basically a romance novel.

Jeanne Drzewiecki

Can't remember how many times total I have read this book. By far my favorite of any of Anne Rice's novels. I am always on the lookout for copies of this book and purchased my original copy at a little store in the Garden District of NOLA and the wear and tear on the book is evident of my love of this book.


A British archeologist in early 1900's Egypt uncovers a mummy's sarcophagus covered with all manner of dire warnings about disturbing the occupant. Undeterred, the mummy is removed; but instead of the mummy claiming vengeance on anyone, someone else murders the archeologist. The mummy is sent back to England to the home of the archeologist's wealthy daughter for display in her home, and the story takes off from there. I read this book after reading Interview With the Vampire; this is clearly not as a high a caliber book as Interview. I liked the author's treatment of the mummy and the issues with immortality. I also liked the creativity of exploring the problems with feeding an elixir of immortality to food sources such as field crops and cattle and the horrifying results. The emotions related to and problems with immortality for the characters were well explored. What I didn't like was that most of the characters, with the exception of Ramses (The Mummy) and Elliott, Lord Rutherford, were very flat and one-dimensional. Also, the lack of detail about the surroundings the characters were in really bothered me; I had a hard time filling in the blanks and was frequently guessing. I think this was so noticeable to me because I have recently read other novels (in particular, Gone With The Wind) in which I could very literally see what was happening because of the high quality, interesting descriptions. I found this novel very lacking in this regard. Finally, I found that although the beginning of the story held my attention, the rest was really rather slow and was more of a romance novel than horror or historical. I had the distinct impression that this was more of a "sweep me off my feet" fantasy for the author than anything else, and I agree with other reviewers that state that the story seemed more like an outline and that the ending was unfinished. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. If you like Anne Rice and fantasy, go ahead and read it. I was just glad I found it at Goodwill.

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